What to Buy Baby?
Finding out that you’re pregnant is likely to be one of the most joyous and exciting moments of your life, but having a baby is also one of the most expensive life events that you can have.
Here is a list of everything you will need to welcome your baby to the world and get you through those first hazy, wonderful months with a newborn:
Choosing your baby’s tiny outfits is one of the most fun and exciting things to shop for. But with so many different baby clothes on the market, what exactly do you need? The first thing to add to your basket is 8-10 sleep suits. These are easy to put on and most babies live in these during their early years.
6-7 body suits (also known as baby vests) with envelope style necklines to wear underneath will also be essential and your baby will also need a soft hat and one or two cardigans to layer up. If you have a winter baby then you will need a coat or snow suit, whilst summer babies will need a sun hat.
Little outfits may look cute, and can be chosen to suit your tastes and budget, but if you have these basics then you will have everything you need for your little ones first few months.
The big pieces of equipment that your baby will need for their first six weeks can be pricey, but without them you will struggle to travel with your baby or put her to sleep. The essentials you should aim to buy before you little one is born include:
- A cot (plus mattress, sheets and blankets) to make sure your new bundle has a cosy night’s sleep
- A car seat – most hospitals won’t let you take your baby home without one
- A pram, buggy or travel system to make getting your baby from A to B as easy and hassle-free as possible.
Babies don’t need very many toys during the first few months of their life: a brightly coloured rattle and a comforter are likely to be the most your baby will need. The only toy they really need during the early months is you. It’s likely that your little one will receive plenty of baby soft toy gifts from friends and family when they are born, so if you’re on a tight budget when setting up your nursery then don’t go overboard with these.
Finally, most babies do just two things during the early months of their lives: drink milk and go to the bathroom. When those nappies fill up, having the right supplies will make the changing process much easier and smoother. The changing supplies you will need for the early months include:
- Newborn nappies (the average newborn nappy is changed 10-12 times a day, so buy enough nappies to last at least a couple of weeks)
- Changing mat
- Cotton wool pads and wet wipes, for the inevitable clean ups
- A changing bag to enable you to change your baby when you’re out and about
What do you think is a must-have for baby?